In the Stars…shining light on the astrology of the week

The New Moon that formed on Friday marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat. The Rat symbolizes wealth and accumulation. This is a year to get organized and attend to many small practical matters, especially regarding finances. As Aquarius symbolizes new thinking, we are invited to open to new ideas, solutions, and possibilities. The week ahead is a productive one. Progress can be made on goals by breaking things down into small steps—and taking them.

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Sunday Venus and Mars make an agitating exact square to powerful Pluto.  The Moon continues void of course almost all day until 3:44 p.m. PST. Take it easy; stick to routine tasks, and employ the detached energy of the Aquarius Sun and Moon to mind your own business and stay cool. End the day with a hot bath; get to bed early and give yourself a long sleep.

Love is in the air on Monday. The day is laced with sweetness and compassion. Do a random act of kindness.

Against the backdrop of a dreamy Pisces Moon, Tuesday is full of planetary activity that is erratic, inventive, imaginative, and generative. The Moon’s benefic alignments with Saturn and Pluto help us get some work done in the vascillating waves of the day. Honor your intuition and clever ideas.

We are energized Wednesday as the Moon moves into action-oriented fire sign Aries and begins a new lunar cycle. Get moving! Start your day with vigorous exercise. The Sun and Moon align in a benefic sextile. Planetary energies cry for independence, so it’s a day to strike out on your own and honor your goals and desires.

Ceres, the Earth mother goddess, leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius, delighted to entertain new options, relieved to be out of the grip of Saturn and Pluto. The intensity of many planets in Capricorn this past month is beginning to break apart and move on. With the Moon still in Aries aspecting Jupiter and Mars, it’s another day for independent expression. Forge ahead with new projects.

Friday, just after the Moon squares Pluto and Saturn in the early morning, it is void of course all day until 4:28 p.m. PST, thus making the day better for routine tasks rather than meetings and activities calling for decisions. Yet, a lot can be accomplished. Expect a surprising start to the weekend as the Moon conjoins Uranus in the evening.

Saturday is the first day of February 2020—already we are one month into this new decade. Saturday is Saturn’s Day, and day for productivity, duty, and work. The Moon is in Taurus where it is exalted, or highest functioning. Taurus is fixed earth symbolizing all things sensual. Our passions are stirred by a benefic Venus-Pluto sextile. Our goals are buoyed by a Moon-Jupiter trine. Our productivity is encouraged by a Moon-Sun square. This is a day to lean in, work hard, and be productive.

Sunday is another beautiful, sensual day with the Moon exalted in Taurus, and making numerous benefic aspects. Use this productive day to get a lot accomplished and to prepare well for the week ahead.

The Moon moves into curious, conversation-oriented Gemini. Venus in Pisces dances with Saturn and Pluto in a benefic sextile, encouraging us to love our work, and to develop our dreams by taking practical steps forward.  

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The Week in Short:
Sunday: Trouble stirs. Stick to
routine tasks. Be detached and observant, rather than engaging in debate.

Monday: Do a random act of kindness on this sweet day.

Tuesday: Productive, inventive, imaginative day.

Wednesday: Energetic, active day. Express your independence.

Thursday: Forge ahead with new projects.

Friday: Moon VoC all day. Not a day for meetings or decisions, but a lot can be accomplished.

Saturday: Lean in and work hard and enjoy as much sensual pleasure as the day affords.

Sunday: Beautiful, pleasurable day when much can be accomplished.

Monday: Be curious and conversant. Take practical steps toward your goals.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Pisces (January 13-February 8)
1. Paint a room in your home a fresh, beautiful color.
2. Create an inspiring musical playlist.
3. Write a poem or a song.
4. Give to your favorite charity.
5. Give grace to challenging people and situations.
6. Let your heart sing!
7. Wear lovely clothes and be beautiful.
8. Soak in the beauty of art through a visit to an art gallery.
9. Infuse your life with beautiful, fragrant flowers.
10. Create! Create! Create!

*****

I am available for astrological readings/consultations at ccoleman829@gmail.com. Feel free to forward this blog! Sign up (free) at: http://www.cathycoleman.co (not com).

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Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:
Pacific Standard Time:
Saturday, January 25 at 11:06 a.m. through Sunday, January 26 at 3:44 p.m. (Moon into Pisces); Tuesday, January 28 at 5:09 p.m. through Wednesday, January 29 at 3:51 a.m. (Moon into Aries); Friday, January 31: 7:10 a.m. – 4:28 p.m. (Moon into Taurus); Monday, February 3: 3:27-3:28 a.m. (Moon into Gemini); Wednesday, February 5: 6:19 a.m. – 11:02 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); Friday, February 7: 7:42 a.m. – 2:44 p.m. (Moon into Leo); Sunday, February 9: 8:08 a.m. – 3:38 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); Tuesday, February 11: 10:26 a.m. – 3:37 p.m. (Moon into Libra); Thursday, February 13: 1:40 p.m. – 4:37 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio); Saturday, February 15: 2:20 p.m. – 8:07 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); Tuesday, February 17: 1:03 a.m. – 2:37 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn); Thursday, February 20: 6:08 a.m. – 11:42 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); Friday, February 21 at 8:08 p.m. through Saturday, February 22 at 10:37 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
Saturday, January 25 at 19:06 through Sunday, January 26 at 23:44 (Moon into Pisces); Wednesday, January 29: 3:09 – 11:51 (Moon into Aries); Friday, January 31 at 15:10 through Saturday, February 1 at 0:28 (Moon into Taurus); Monday, February 3: 11:27-11:28 (Moon into Gemini); Wednesday, February 5: 14:19 – 19:02 (Moon into Cancer); Friday, February 7: 15:42 – 22:44 (Moon into Leo); Sunday, February 9: 16:08 a.m. – 23:38 (Moon into Virgo); Tuesday, February 11: 18:26 – 23:37 (Moon into Libra); Thursday, February 13 at 21:40 through Friday, February 14 at 0:37 (Moon into Scorpio); Saturday, February 15 at 22:20 through Sunday, February 16 at 4:07 (Moon into Sagittarius); Tuesday, February 17: 9:03 – 10:37 (Moon into Capricorn); Thursday, February 20: 14:08  – 19:42 (Moon into Aquarius); Saturday, February 22 at 4:08 through Sunday, February 22 at 6:37 (Moon into Pisces)

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In the Stars January 19-26, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Aquarius-Chinese New Year

The Sun moves into Aquarius tropically this week on Monday, forming a New Moon on Friday, marking the beginning of the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat. The Rat symbolizes wealth, and the year corresponds with China’s deadline for the elimination of poverty. All residents of China living below the poverty line are expected to rise above it by the end of 2020. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in early Aquarius that perfects at the end of the year also corresponds with this expectation. Meghan and Harry’s exit from their royal obligations and from Britain is symbolic of the great restructuring dynamic of the Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter conjunction that occurred the past week. As Aquarius symbolizes new thinking, we are invited to open to new ideas, solutions, and possibilities.

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The Moon enters optimistic Sagittarius on Sunday at 2:41 p.m. PST. Our spirits are lifted as we mobilize for the week ahead. Sagittarius loves walking and hiking in the outdoors, so get some exercise. Enjoy a social evening.

The Sun ingresses into Aquarius on Monday, lifting some of the heavy Capricorn energy to broader vistas. A Moon-Mars conjunction stirs emotions and triggers a yearning to explore. However, a Moon-Neptune square makes it unclear where to go. Consider travel possibilities in the coming year.

Tuesday is a day to pause. The Moon is void of course all day until 8:59 p.m. when it moves into Capricorn. Stick to routine, insignificant tasks. Planetary activity is light. The Sag Moon loves adventure and exploration. If you can get away, take a hike on a new trail.

Winds of change begin to blow on Wednesday when the Sun squares Uranus. The Moon also aspects Uranus, forming a benefic trine. Expect the unexpected. Jupiter conjuncts the Moon, lifting spirits, and giving optimism. Goals may be realized.

The change winds continue to blow on Thursday and Friday as the Moon darkens toward a New Moon on Friday. The Capricorn Moon conjuncts the power planets Saturn and Pluto. Thursday calls for hard work, yet the day is sweet and bountiful, full of gifts from a Venus-Jupiter sextile. Take some solitude for yourself, be productive, and make this day count.

Friday’s New Moon ushers in an unpredictable new lunar month, as Uranus forms a tense, dynamic square to the Sun and Moon. The winds of change that began to blow on Wednesday come to a crescendo. Aquarius symbolizes new thinking, so open yourself to new possibilities in your life that you may never have considered. This Aquarius New Moon ushers in the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat which begins a new 12-year cycle in the Chinese zodiac. Contrary to the past year of the Pig, the upcoming Rat year is one to take care of yourself before others. Calculate and minimize risk, and garner wealth.

We are charged up and ready to fight for a good cause on Saturday. Make a commitment to do some service work in the coming month or year. The Moon is void of course at 11:06 a.m. PST for the rest of the day. Focus on routine tasks such as cleaning up your email “in” box. Enjoy Saturday evening dinner with friends.

Powerful Pluto stirs up trouble Sunday as it squares Eris exactly. Venus and Mars add to the agitation as they make an exact tense square. The Moon continues void of course almost all day until 3:44 p.m. PST. Take it easy; stick to routine tasks, and employ the detached energy of the Aquarius Sun and Moon to mind your own business and stay cool. End the day with a hot bath; get to bed early and give yourself a long sleep.

Love is in the air on Monday. The day is laced with sweetness, kindness, and compassion. Do a random act of kindness.

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The Week in Short:
Sunday: Take a hike. Ride on positive energy to prepare for the week ahead. Make it a social evening.

Monday: Energy shifts and lightens. Consider this year’s travel dreams. Tuesday: Moon is VoC all day, and there is little planetary activity. Push the pause button.

Wednesday: Winds of change blow hard. Lean in and work hard.

Thursday: Take some solitude, be productive, and make this day count.

Friday: New Moon in Aquarius. Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat. Open to new ideas.

Saturday: Commit to serve a social cause close to your heart. Dine with friends in the evening.

Sunday: Trouble stirs. Stick to routine tasks. Be detached and observant, rather than engaging in debate.

Monday: Do a random act of kindness on this sweet day.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Pisces (January 13-February 8)
1. Paint a room in your home a fresh, beautiful color.
2. Create an inspiring musical playlist.
3. Write a poem or a song.
4. Give to your favorite charity.
5. Give grace to challenging people and situations.
6. Let your heart sing!
7. Wear lovely clothes and be beautiful.
8. Soak in the beauty of art through a visit to an art gallery.
9. Infuse your life with beautiful, fragrant flowers.
10. Create! Create! Create!

*****

I am available for astrological readings/consultations at ccoleman829@gmail.com. Feel free to forward this blog! Sign up (free) at: www.cathycoleman.co (not com).

*****

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:
Pacific Standard Time:
Sunday, January 19: 1:21 p.m. – 2:41 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); Monday, January 20 at 8:45 p.m. through Tuesday, January 22 at 9:01 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn); Thursday, January 23 at 6:08 p.m. through Friday, January 24 at 5:21 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); Saturday, January 25 at 11:06 a.m. through Sunday, January 26 at 3:44 p.m. (Moon into Pisces); Tuesday, January 28 at 5:09 p.m. through Wednesday, January 29 at 3:51 a.m. (Moon into Aries); Friday, January 31: 7:10 a.m. – 4:28 p.m. (Moon into Taurus); Monday, February 3: 3:27-3:28 a.m. (Moon into Gemini); Wednesday, February 5: 6:19 a.m. – 11:02 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); Friday, February 7: 7:42 a.m. – 2:44 p.m. (Moon into Leo); Sunday, February 9: 8:08 a.m. – 3:38 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); Tuesday, February 11: 10:26 a.m. – 3:37 p.m. (Moon into Libra); Thursday, February 13: 1:40 p.m. – 4:37 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio); Saturday, February 15: 2:20 p.m. – 8:07 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
Sunday, January 19: 21:21 – 22:41 (Moon into Sagittarius); Tuesday, January 21 at 4:45 through Wednesday, January 23 at 5:01 (Moon into Capricorn); Friday, January 24 at 2:08 through Saturday, January 25 at 13:21 (Moon into Aquarius); Saturday, January 25 at 19:06 through Sunday, January 26 at 23:44 (Moon into Pisces); Wednesday, January 29: 3:09 – 11:51 (Moon into Aries); Friday, January 31 at 15:10 through Saturday, February 1 at 0:28 (Moon into Taurus); Monday, February 3: 11:27-11:28 (Moon into Gemini); Wednesday, February 5: 14:19 – 19:02 (Moon into Cancer); Friday, February 7: 15:42 – 22:44 (Moon into Leo); Sunday, February 9: 16:08 a.m. – 23:38 (Moon into Virgo); Tuesday, February 11: 18:26 – 23:37 (Moon into Libra); Thursday, February 13 at 21:40 through Friday, February 14 at 0:37 (Moon into Scorpio); Saturday, February 15 at 22:20 through Sunday, February 16 at 4:07 (Moon into Sagittarius

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In the Stars…shining light on the astrology of the week

The week begins with the five-planet conjunction of Sun-Mercury-Ceres-Saturn-Pluto at 22 degrees of Capricorn. Jupiter and the South Node are also in Capricorn. Capricorn symbolizes structures, government, and rules; structural change is in process through the workings of the strong collective energy in Capricorn. In our personal lives Capricorn symbolizes industriousness, responsibility, goals, and achievement. If ever there was a time to prune what is unnecessary or outdated, set goals and work hard to achieve them, that time is now. Make the most of this productive week.

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Sunday is the day of the major planetary event: Saturn conjunct Pluto, as well as the Sun, Ceres, and Mercury—five planets conjunct at 22 degrees of Capricorn! Those born January 10-14, and April 10-14, July 10-14, and October 10-14 will particularly be influenced by this conjunction. The planets are in extremely strong alignment. Be focused, set strong intentions, and lean into your plans and goals. It is time to throw out structures in your life that no longer serve you.

The intense planetary energy of Sunday continues on Monday, with the Sun perfecting as an exact conjunction to Saturn. The Moon moves into Virgo, giving industry and efficiency to the work at hand. The Moon trines Uranus, enabling us to solve problems in innovative, brilliant ways.

Tuesday is another day with a Virgo Moon gives us the green light for cleaning house and getting organized. Planetary activity is mostly benefic. We can get things in order, and make great strides getting tasks checked off our list.

While the Moon is in copasetic Libra on Wednesday, challenging energy abounds. The Moon-Chiron opposition may bring up fears regarding autonomy and partnership. Stay with the grace and inspiration of the Libra Moon. See the beauty around you. Buy fresh flowers for your home. Enjoy a fine dinner with someone beloved.

Thursday Mercury ingresses into Aquarius where it activates brilliance and innovative thinking for the next few weeks (until February 3rd). The Moon makes its weekly hard aspect with Saturn and Pluto, so the grace of Libra is aggravated and challenged. Give life’s demands the works.

The Moon is void of course early Friday morning, so use the time for routine tasks until 10:21 a.m. PST when the Moon moves into Scorpio for the weekend. Make this a weekend when you pull back and take some solitude, as Scorpio likes to withdraw from the world into its cave. Scorpio’s intensity, combined with the numerous planets in Capricorn, can help us get a lot accomplished. If there’s a garage or basement needing decluttering and organization, put this energy to work Saturday and Sunday. A Mercury-Uranus aspect gives brilliance and creative problem solving ability.

The Moon enters optimistic Sagittarius on Sunday at 2:41 p.m. PST. Our spirits are lifted as we mobilize for the week ahead. Sagittarius loves walking and hiking in the outdoors, so get some exercise. Enjoy a social evening.

The Sun ingresses into Aquarius on Monday, lifting some of the heavy Capricorn energy to broader vistas. A Moon-Mars conjunction stirs emotions and triggers a yearning to explore. However, a Moon-Neptune square makes it not so clear where to go. Explore where you are drawn to travel in the coming year.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: The day is here: Saturn, Pluto, Sun, Ceres, and Mercury align in conjunction. Extremely powerful energy. Throw out old structures and patterns that no longer work in your life. Lean in and be productive.

Monday: Strong industrious, efficient energy. Problems can be solved brilliantly and intuitively.

Tuesday: Power-packed day to get our lives in order.

Wednesday: Affirm the beauty of the Libra Moon. Enjoy a fine dinner with someone special.

Thursday: Give the day the works.

Friday: Take some solitude. Dive deep and get a lot accomplished.

Saturday: Continue to take some space. Solve problems brilliantly.

Sunday: Take a hike. Ride on positive energy to get ready for the week ahead. Make it a social evening.

Monday: Energy shifts and lightens. Consider where you want to travel in the coming year.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Pisces (January 13-February 8)

1. Paint a room in your home a fresh, beautiful color.

2. Create an inspiring musical playlist.

3. Write a poem or a song.

4. Give to your favorite charity.

5. Give grace to challenging people and situations.

6. Let your heart sing!

7. Wear lovely clothes and be beautiful.

8. Soak in the beauty of art through a visit to an art gallery.

9. Infuse your life with beautiful, fragrant flowers.

10. Create! Create! Create!

*****

I am available for astrological readings/consultations at ccoleman829@gmail.com. Feel free to forward this blog! Sign up (free) at: www.cathycoleman.co (not com).

*****

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work. Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are: Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time: Monday, January 13: 5:42 a.m. – 6:06 a.m. (Moon into Virgo) Wednesday, January 15: 4:12 a.m. – 7:43 a.m. (Moon into Libra) Friday, January 17: 4:58 a.m. – 10:21 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio) Sunday, January 19: 1:21 p.m. – 2:41 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius) Monday, January 20 at 8:45 p.m. through Tuesday, January 22 at 9:01 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn) Thursday, January 23 at 6:08 p.m. through Friday, January 24 at 5:21 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius) Saturday, January 25 at 11:06 a.m. through Sunday, January 26 at 3:44 p.m. (Moon into Pisces) Tuesday, January 28 at 5:09 p.m. through Wednesday, January 29 at 3:51 a.m. (Moon into Aries) Friday, January 31: 7:10 a.m. – 4:28 p.m. (Moon into Taurus) Monday, February 3: 3:27-3:28 a.m. (Moon into Gemini) Wednesday, February 5: 6:19 a.m. – 11:02 a.m. (Moon into Cancer) Friday, February 7: 7:42 a.m. – 2:44 p.m. (Moon into Leo) Sunday, February 9: 8:08 a.m. – 3:38 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): Monday, January 13: 13:42 – 14:06 (Moon into Virgo) Wednesday, January 15: 12:12 – 15:43 (Moon into Libra) Friday, January 17: 12:58 – 18:21 (Moon into Scorpio) Sunday, January 19: 21:21 – 22:41 (Moon into Sagittarius) Tuesday, January 21 at 4:45 through Wednesday, January 23 at 5:01 (Moon into Capricorn) Friday, January 24 at 2:08 through Saturday, January 25 at 13:21 (Moon into Aquarius) Saturday, January 25 at 19:06 through Sunday, January 26 at 23:44 (Moon into Pisces) Wednesday, January 29: 3:09 – 11:51 (Moon into Aries) Friday, January 31 at 15:10 through Saturday, February 1 at 0:28 (Moon into Taurus) Monday, February 3: 11:27-11:28 (Moon into Gemini) Wednesday, February 5: 14:19 – 19:02 (Moon into Cancer) Friday, February 7: 15:42 – 22:44 (Moon into Leo) Sunday, February 9: 16:08 a.m. – 23:38 (Moon into Virgo)

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In the Stars…shining light on the astrology of the week

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In the Stars January 5-12. 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week: Lunar Eclipse

The week ahead is weighty with significant planetary activity.  Six planets plus the South Node are in Capricorn: Mercury, Sun, Jupiter, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto. A Lunar Eclipse occurs on Friday, January 10th, and in addition to the eclipse that day, Uranus turns direct after a five-month retrograde spin. Sunday is the big planetary event we have all been anticipating:  the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Not only is that conjunction a significant one, as it only happens every 35 years, but this conjunction is also conjunct the Sun, Mercury, and Ceres. Capricorn symbolizes structures, government, and rules; structural change is in process through the workings of the strong collective energy in Capricorn. Capricorn symbolizes industriousness, responsibility, goals, and achievement. If ever there was a time to prune what is unnecessary or outdated, and set goals and work hard to achieve them, that time is now.

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Sunday’s Taurus Moon and numerous aspects call us to create order before the first post-holiday week of the New Year. Pack away your holiday décor for next year. Plan and prepare for the week ahead. Cook some nourishing food, and make extra for next week’s meals.

Monday, Epiphany in the Christian calendar, the Moon is void of course all day. This week meetings will work better if they are on not on Monday. The Moon moves into Gemini at 6:12 p.m. PST, just in time for lively dinner conversations.

Although specific planetary activity is light on Tuesday, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is only a few days away and this week is anything but light. The Gemini Moon keeps us curious and in conversation.

Jupiter conjoins the South Node on Wednesday, shining light on old patterns and karmic issues that could be uplifted. A benefic Mercury-Neptune aspect gives vision and compassion. The Moon in Gemini draws us into community and connection. We want to learn or discover something new.

Early Thursday the Moon arrives in the soft-shelled sign of the crab, Cancer. The Moon is at home in its ruling sign of Cancer, and we want to wrap ourselves in comfort. However, over the next two days the Cancer Moon will encounter oppositions from the barrage of planets in Capricorn, and the intensity will continue to heat up. Be buoyed by the Moon-Jupiter opposition in the afternoon, as you may need this to deal with tomorrow’s heavy planetary activity.

A Moon-Neptune trine early Friday morning invites us gently and compassionately into this big day. A Sun-Mercury conjunction brings sharp focus before the lunar eclipse. The Moon opposes Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto. Pam Younghans states in The Mountain Astrologer (Dec 2019/Jan. 2020): “Eris…and Uranus…come to a standstill; completing their retrograde phases. For these two rebellious and often belligerent planets to reach their station on the same day, on the very day of the eclipse and two days before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, adds several exclamation points to the intensity and unpredictability of these times.”

The Moon leaps in to Leo on Saturday and fires up our hearts. Lunar trines to Chiron and Mars foster healing through initiating and taking risks. Plan something vigorous and fun.

Sunday is the day of the major planetary event: Saturn conjunct Pluto, as well as the Sun, Ceres, and Mercury—five planets conjunct at 22 degrees of Capricorn! Those born January 10-14, and April 10-14, July 10-14, and October 10-14 will particularly be influenced by this conjunction. The planets are in extremely strong alignment. Be focused, set strong intentions, and lean into your plans and goals. It is also time to throw out structures in your life that no longer serve you.

The intense energy of Sunday continues on Monday, with the Sun perfecting as an exact conjunction to Saturn. The Moon moves into Virgo, giving industry and efficiency to the work at hand. The Moon trines Uranus, enabling us to solve problems in innovative, brilliant ways.

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The Week in Short:
Sunday: Strong, grounded energy for planning and preparing the week ahead.

Monday: Moon VoC all day until 6:10 p.m. PST. Plan meetings for a different day this week. Evening invites conversation.

Tuesday: Somewhat easy day; curiosity and conversation are encouraged.

Wednesday: Light shines on old patterns to be shifted. Compassion abounds for community and connection.

Thursday: Wrap yourself in comfort and allow your spirits to be buoyed in preparation for the strong planetary winds ahead.

Friday: Extreme planetary weather: Lunar eclipse. Eris and Uranus turn stationary direct and their rambunctious, rebellious energy is amplified. Be alert and mindful as you travel the stormy terrain.

Saturday: Lighten up and plan something vigorous and fun.

Sunday: The day is here: Saturn, Pluto, Sun, Ceres, and Mercury align in conjunction. Extremely powerful energy. Throw out old structures and patterns that no longer work in your life. Lean in and be productive.

Monday: Strong industrious, efficient energy helps us deal with the planetary intensity and volatility. Problems can be solved brilliantly and intuitively.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (December 19-January 13)
1. Express love and appreciation to your friends.
2. Change your dress toward more colorful and unique.
3. Diversify your portfolio.
4. Read a book about a different culture, or a person of a different race or ethnicity.
5. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
6. Consider joining a new group to expand your life.
7. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite charities.
8. Broaden your understanding of the political landscape.
9. Make new friends.
10. Host a dinner party with a diverse group.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:
Pacific Standard Time:
Monday, January 6: 4:07 a.m. – 6:12 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, January 8 at 2:15 p.m. through Thursday, January 9 at 0:44 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, January 10 at 3:58 p.m. through Saturday, January 11 at 4:17 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
Monday, January 13: 5:42 a.m. – 6:06 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, January 15: 4:12 a.m. – 7:43 a.m. (Moon into Libra)
Friday, January 17: 4:58 a.m. – 10:21 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, January 19: 1:21 p.m. – 2:41 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
Monday, January 20 at 8:45 p.m. through Tuesday, January 22 at 9:01 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
Thursday, January 23 at 6:08 p.m. through Friday, January 24 at 5:21 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
Saturday, January 25 at 11:06 a.m. through Sunday, January 26 at 3:44 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, January 28 at 5:09 p.m. through Wednesday, January 29 at 3:51 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Friday, January 31: 7:10 a.m. – 4:28 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
Monday, January 6: at 12:07 through Tuesday, January 7 at 2:12 (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, January 8 at 22:15 through Thursday, January 9 at 8:44 (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, January 10 at 23:58 through Saturday, January 11 at 12:17 (Moon into Leo)
Monday, January 13: 13:42 – 14:06 (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, January 15: 12:12 – 15:43 (Moon into Libra)
Friday, January 17: 12:58 – 18:21 (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, January 19: 21:21 – 22:41 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, January 21 at 4:45 through Wednesday, January 23 at 5:01 (Moon into Capricorn)
Friday, January 24 at 2:08 through Saturday, January 25 at 13:21 (Moon into Aquarius)
Saturday, January 25 at 19:06 through Sunday, January 26 at 23:44 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, January 29: 3:09 – 11:51 (Moon into Aries)

Friday, January 31 at 15:10 through Saturday, February 1 at 0:28 (Moon into Taurus)

 

 

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In the Stars December 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week

This week is bookended between two eclipses, one on December 25th and the next on Janaury 10th. With the Sun’s recent entry into Capricorn, winter is here. The seven planets in Capricorn (Mercury, Sun, Jupiter, Ceres, Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node) will keep us grounded, practical, and cautious, pointing us toward responsibilities, plans, and goals. Capricorn symbolizes structures, government, and rules; structural change is in process through the workings of the strong collective energy in Capricorn. Mars is still in Scorpio through January 3rd. giving drive, passion, and focus. Sun-Jupiter and Uranus remain in trine aspect in earth signs, positive, innovative energy for practical change. Saturn is closing in on Pluto, growing toward their first exact powerful conjunction on January 12th. The strong alignments at the New Year call us to take serious stock of our lives, and enable great potential for change and transformation.

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Mercury enters Capricorn on Sunday, focusing our mind on plans, goals, and responsibilities for the next few weeks through January 16th. Sunday is another friendly, easy day. When the Moon is in Aquarius, we are concerned about social and political causes and want to contribute to the welfare of others. As we are near the end of the year, this would be a great day to consider what organizations you care about, and make your year-end donations.

The Moon drifts into Pisces on Monday morning, and makes benefic aspects to Mercury, Uranus, and Jupiter, showering us with positive, generative energy, and strong intuition. A Mercury-Uranus trine is the aspect of the day, sure to deliver brilliant, innovative ideas just in time for the New Year.

New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year, is a dreamy, romantic day colored by a Moon-Neptune conjunction. Be inspired! Watch your alcohol intake at the New Year’s Eve party, and have a designated driver or call a Lyft. Exercise mindfulness, as we are prone to drift toward unawareness. On the positive side, conversations will glow with sweetness and compassion.

New Year’s Day is a soft, easy day. The Moon continues in Pisces and there are few aspects. Allow yourself to imagine the year ahead that you want to create. Winds of change are blowing, as are between two eclipses and the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Things pick up in the evening when the Moon trines Mars and then bounces into Aries at 8:00 p.m. PST.
We are cautiously optimistic on Thursday in light of a Mercury-Jupiter conjunction. However, we may feel uncomfortable, irritable, and impatient due to the Moon’s edgy square to Mercury and Jupiter. One deliberate step at a time gets the job done.

Mars moves into Sagittarius on Friday, bringing a drive for adventure. The Aries Moon makes an challenging square to Saturn and Pluto. With Sun and Moon in fire signs, we are enthusiastic and more open to risks. The optimism and buoyancy of planets in fire signs gives some levity to the weight of many planets in Capricorn. Employ this dynamic, challenging energy to get a lot accomplished.

When the Moon moves into Taurus Saturday morning it aligns well with the many planets in Capricorn, and enables us to get a lot accomplished. Put away holiday décor and get your house in order. We may be in for a surprise in our routine in the afternoon (Moon conjunct Uranus).The day ends on a high note as the Moon forms a benefic trine to Jupiter. Taurus loves sensual pleasures, so delight in some.

Sunday’s Taurus Moon and numerous aspects call us to create order before the first post-holiday week of the New Year. Plan and prepare for the week ahead. Cook some nourishing food and make extra for next week’s meals.

Monday the Moon is void of course all day. This week meetings will work better if they are on not on Monday. The Moon moves into Gemini at 6:12 p.m. PST,  just in time for lively  dinner conversations.

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The Week in Short:
Sunday: Friendly, easy day. Make year-end contributions to your favorite charities.
Monday: Brilliant, innovative ideas abound. Trust your intuition.
New Year’s Eve Tuesday: Dreamy, romantic day. Be mindful.
New Year’s Day Wednesday: Soft, easy day amidst winds of change.
Thursday: Cautiously optimistic day with some irritations to handle.
Friday: Enthusiasm and optimism encourage productivity.
Saturday: Dynamic, practical energy enables us to get a lot accomplished.
Sunday: Strong, grounded energy for planning and preparing the week ahead.
Monday: Moon VoC all day until 6:10 p.m. PST. Plan meetings for a different day this week. Evening invites conversation.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (December 19-January 13)
1. Express love and appreciation to your friends.
2. Change your dress toward more colorful and unique.
3. Diversify your portfolio.
4. Read a book about a different culture, or a person of a different race or ethnicity.
5. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
6. Consider joining a new group to expand your life.
7. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite charities.
8. Broaden your understanding of the political landscape.
9. Make new friends.
10. Host a dinner party with a group of diverse friends.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:
Pacific Standard Time:
Monday, December 30: 2:24 a.m. – 7:41 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)
Wednesday, January 1: 6:13 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Moon into Aries)
Friday, January 3 at 5:17 p.m. through Saturday, January 4 at 8:14 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)
Monday, January 6: 4:07 a.m. – 6:12 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, January 8 at 2:15 p.m. through Thursday, January 9 at 0:44 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, January 10 at 3:58 p.m. through Saturday, January 11 at 4:17 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
Monday, January 13: 5:42 a.m. – 6:06 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, January 15: 4:12 a.m. – 7:43 a.m. (Moon into Libra)
Friday, January 17: 4:58 a.m. – 10:21 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, January 19: 1:21 p.m. – 2:41 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
Monday, January 20 at 8:45 p.m. through Tuesday, January 22 at 9:01 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
Thursday, January 23 at 6:08 p.m. through Friday, January 24 at 5:21 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
Saturday, January 25 at 11:06 a.m. through Sunday, January 26 at 3:44 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
Monday, December 30: 10:24 – 15:41 (Moon into Pisces)
Thursday, January 2: 2:13 – 4:00 (Moon into Aries)
Saturday, January 4: 1:17 – 16:14 (Moon into Taurus)
Monday, January 6: at 12:07 through Tuesday, January 7 at 2:12 (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, January 8 at 22:15 through Thursday, January 9 at 8:44 (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, January 10 at 23:58 through Saturday, January 11 at 12:17 (Moon into Leo)
Monday, January 13: 13:42 – 14:06 (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, January 15: 12:12 – 15:43 (Moon into Libra)
Friday, January 17: 12:58 – 18:21 (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, January 19: 21:21 – 22:41 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, January 21 at 4:45 through Wednesday, January 23 at 5:01 (Moon into Capricorn)
Friday, January 24 at 2:08 through Saturday, January 25 at 13:21 (Moon into Aquarius)
Saturday, January 25 at 19:06 through Sunday, January 26 at 23:44 (Moon into Pisces)

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In the Stars December 22-29, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: Solar Eclipse

Winter is upon us, opened by Saturday evening’s Winter Solstice, the Sun’s entry into Capricorn. The Sun joins Jupiter, Venus, Ceres, Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in Capricorn, pointing us toward responsibilities, plans, and goals. Yes, six planets and the South Node in Capricorn! Capricorn symbolizes structures, government, and rules; change is in process through the workings of the strong collective energy in Capricorn. What structures in your own life do you want to change?  The impeachment proceedings in Washington are playing out against this landscape, as is the Brexit vote. Mars is still in Scorpio through January 3rd. giving drive, passion, and focus. There is an annular Solar Eclipse on December 25th. Sun/Jupiter and Uranus are in trine aspect in earth signs, innovative energy for practical change. Saturn is closing in on Pluto, only one degree apart by the end of the week, growing toward their first exact powerful conjunction on January 12th. There is tremendous positive energy again this week with the Sun-Jupiter-Uranus alignment, along with the dynamic energy of the Solar Eclipse and Saturn-Pluto conjunction. These strong alignments offer great potential for ardent, creative, and transformative expression.

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Sunday, Hanukkah, is an extremely active day with numerous planetary aspects. Venus-square-Uranus most likely will result in something surprising! Mars makes a benefic sextile to Pluto, good for getting a lot accomplished. There may be a lot on your “to do” list this last weekend day before Christmas. If so, take advantage of the strong energy: lean in, and you will amaze yourself at all you can accomplish.

On Monday morning the Moon bounces into optimistic Sagittarius, and makes a benefic trine to healer Chiron. Get some strong exercise. A benefic Moon-Venus sextile softens our focus, and draws us to attend to the remainder of our shopping list, and relax a bit before the intensity of the holiday—and Solar Eclipse—ahead.

Christmas Eve the Moon is in free-spirited Sagittarius, an optimal day to fly off for the holidays which is what I will be doing to spend the holidays with my son and his family in Boston. The Sun makes a benefic trine to Uranus, We want to break free of responsibilities; may it be so for a joyful holiday. Expect a few surprises and open to an awesome Christmas Eve. The Moon is dark, so find some quiet space and time in the midst of the holiday celebrations.

Christmas Day is cosmically eventful, as it holds a Solar Eclipse in taciturn Capricorn, with expansive Jupiter in close conjunction. The Moon also makes a benefic trine to Uranus, an aspect of surprise, truth, and awakening. There are seven planetary bodies in Capricorn, and ten in close proximity, focusing a lot of planetary in one segment of the sky, and influencing our horoscopes. Eclipses may not result in events or realizations exactly on the day. This eclipse energy may be influenced by events from the last eclipses in July 2019. The strong and poignant alignments in Capricorn call for reforming structures.

Thursday carries some ease, allowing us to rest from the intensity of the eclipse and Christmas Day activities, and before the intensity of the Moon’s conjunctions with Saturn and Pluto tomorrow. The Moon and Ceres conjunct, the two planets having to do with nourishment. The Moon aligns with Neptune Thursday evening, calling us to relax. Make it a homey evening with family. You may want to watch an inspiring movie or read a book.

You may as well rise early Friday and make the most of the demanding lunar alignments with Saturn and Pluto. Thankfully, they all make benefic alignments with get-up-and-go Mars. Sun conjuncts Jupiter, adding verve and spirit to the day. Friday is a bold, dynamic day. With powerful alignments in hard-working Capricorn, the day has much to offer. Make it count. You can get a lot accomplished.

We get some distance from demands when the Moon moves into Aquarius on Saturday, and we focus on the future and a world we would like to make possible. The Moon is conjunct Venus, good energy for enjoying friends and conversation.

Mercury enters Capricorn on Sunday, focusing us again on plans, goals, and responsibilities for the next few weeks through January 16th. Sunday is another friendly, easy day. When the Moon is in Aquarius, we are concerned about social and political causes and want to contribute to the welfare of others. As we are near the end of the year, this would be a great day to consider what organizations you care about, and make your year-end donations.

The Moon drifts into Pisces on Monday morning, and makes benefic aspects to Mercury, Uranus, and Jupiter, showering us with positive, generative energy, and strong intuition. A Mercury-Uranus trine is the aspect of the day, sure to deliver brilliant, innovate ideas just in time for the new year.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Extra strong emotionally intense work day with a few surprises. Take some solitude.

Monday: Optimism and high energy at hand. Finish your holiday tasks and then relax.

Christmas Eve Tuesday: Break free and get your holiday going. Be open to surprises.

Christmas Day Wednesday: Solar Eclipse! Day of strong energy and new beginnings. Tune in to your intuition and truth.

Thursday: Allow yourself to be nourished on this restful, easy day.

Friday: Demanding day with great potential for accomplishment. Make it count.

Saturday: Lighten up and enjoy a sweet, social day with friends.

Sunday: Make year-end contributions to your favorite social causes.

Monday: Brilliant, innovative ideas abound. Trust your intuition, as it runs strong.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (December 19-January 13)

  1. Express love and appreciation to your friends.
  2. Change your dress toward more colorful and unique.
  3. Diversify your portfolio.
  4. Read a book about a different culture, or a person of a different race or ethnicity.
  5. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
  6. Consider joining a new group to expand your life.
  7. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite social causes.
  8. Broaden your understanding of the political landscape.
  9. Make new friends.
  10. Host a dinner party with a group of diverse friends.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:                  

Sunday, December at 7:27 p.m. through Monday, December 23 at 8:34 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25th: 3:18 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.(Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27th:  1:03 p.m. – 9:21 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 30: 2:24 a.m. – 7:41 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, January 1: 9:13 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Friday, January 3 at 8:17 p.m. through Saturday, January 4 at 11:14 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, January 6: 7:07 a.m. – 9:12 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, January 8 at 5:15 p.m. through Thursday, January 9 at 3:44 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, January 10 at 6:58 p.m. through Saturday, January 11 at 7:17 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Monday, January 13: 5:42 a.m. – 6:06 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, January 15: 4:12 a.m. – 7:43 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Friday, January 17: 4:58 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, January 19: 1:22 p.m. – 2:41 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, December 23: 3:27 – 16:34 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25: 11:18 – 21:45 (Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27 at 21:03 through Saturday, December 28 at 6:21 (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 30: 10:24 – 15:41 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, January 2: 5:13 – 7:00 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, January 4: 4:17 – 19:14 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, January 6 at 15:07 through Tuesday, January 7 at 6:12 (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, January 9: 1: 15 – 11:44 (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, January 11: 2:58 – 15:17 (Moon into Leo)

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In the Stars December 15-22, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week

There is tremendous positive energy this week. Strong alignments offer great potential for ardent, creative, and transformative expression. Saturn is closing in on Pluto, only two degrees away, growing toward their first exact powerful conjunction on January 12th. Jupiter, Venus, Ceres, and the South Node are in Capricorn as well, and the Sun will join the sober gathering on December 21st/22nd, the Winter Solstice. Mars in Scorpio is ambitious, focused, and driven, and much can be accomplished while it is in this sign through January 3rd. There is an annular Solar Eclipse on December 25th. Uranus and Jupiter are in trine aspect in earth signs, innovative energy for practical change. Mars and Neptune are trine in water signs, heightening intuition, compassion, and determination.

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Sunday is playful, fun, and exciting, colored by a Leo Moon. Jupiter and Uranus perfect in trine aspect. Unexpected good luck is in the air. Be open to new ideas. A Jupiter-Uranus trine is an aspect of sudden good fortune.

In the light of a fiery, playful Leo Moon, roll out of bed early and get some vigorous exercise. Work that Moon-Mars square through physical movement; otherwise it could manifest in frustration and heated emotion. At 2:10 p.m. PST the Moon becomes void of course, so then focus on routine tasks.

Tuesday and Wednesday the Moon is in mutable earth Virgo, the zodiac sign and the time of the month to put your life in order. In preparation for the holidays, the planetary alignments these days will help you get a lot accomplished—quickly and efficiently. On Tuesday the Virgo Moon forms a Grand Earth Trine with Jupiter in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. This Grand Trine is a fortunate, expansive and innovative, especially welcome in the face of the coming Solar Eclipse and the closing Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Make the most of it.

Wednesday holds super-productive cosmic alignments. An early morning Moon-Mars sextile calls us to vigorous exercise. Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn make a benefic trine to the Virgo Moon. We can get a lot accomplished—maybe even move a mountain. Use the great energy of this day to help you prepare well for the coming holidays.

Mars makes a benefic sextile to Saturn on Thursday, calling us to focus on our responsibilities and get things accomplished. On the other hand, a Mercury-Neptune square makes us dreamy and unfocused. Blending these energies, we are invited to focus on work duties during the day and later, in the evening, relax and watch a movie.

Friday bears the alignment of the Moon in its angular weekly aspect to Saturn and Pluto. This aspect bears emotional intensity. What in your life calls out for big change? The Moon is in Libra, and wants to be with others, especially the beloved or close friends. Make it a social evening in a beautiful setting.

The Winter Solstice arrives on Saturday evening, December 21st, as the Sun moves into Capricorn tropically. The Moon moves into the deep, dark waters of Scorpio, and forms a tense T-square with Venus and Uranus. This could be an emotionally intense day, including perhaps some feeling of jealousy. Try to take this day easy. and give yourself a lot of emotional space. When the Moon is in Scorpio, we need some solitude.

Sunday, Hanukkah, is an extremely active day in the cosmos with numerous planetary aspects. Venus-square-Uranus most likely will result in something surprising! Mars makes a benefic sextile to Pluto, good for getting a lot accomplished. There may be a lot on your “to do” list this last weekend day before Christmas. If so, take advantage of the strong energy: lean in, and you can accomplish miracles.

On Monday morning the Moon bounces into optimistic Sagittarius, and makes a benefic trine to healer Chiron. Get some strong exercise. A benefic Moon-Venus sextile softens our focus, and draws us to attend to the remainder of our shopping list, and relax a bit before the intensity of the holidays—and Solar Eclipse—ahead.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Playful, exciting day with unexpected good luck.

Monday: Energetic start, and then after 2:10 p.m. focus on routine tasks.

Tuesday: Fortunate, expansive, innovative day when much can be accomplished.

Wednesday: Super-productive day to move mountains.

Thursday: Apply focus and work hard, and later in the day, relax and let your mind wander.

Friday:  Demanding, challenging day. Get to work.

Saturday: Winter Solstice. Sun into Capricorn. Take some solitude in this emotionally intense day.

Sunday: Extra strong work day with a few surprises. Emotionally intense day. Take some solitude.

Monday: Optimism and high energy at hand. Finish your holiday shopping and relax.

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Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:                  

Monday, December 16: 2:10 p.m. – 11:16 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 0:07 a.m. – 2:04 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 3:45 a.m. – 4:57 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, December at 7:27 p.m. through Monday, December 23 at 8:34 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25th: 3:18 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.(Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27th:  1:03 p.m. – 9:21 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 30: 2:24 a.m. – 7:41 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, January 1: 9:13 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Friday, January 3 at 8:17 p.m. through Saturday, January 4 at 11:14 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, January 6: 7:07 a.m. – 9:12 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, January 8 at 5:15 p.m. through Thursday, January 9 at 3:44 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, January 10 at 6:58 p.m. through Saturday, January 11 at 7:17 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Saturday, December 14 at 15:57 through Sunday, December 15 at 2:56 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, December 16 at 22:10 through Tuesday, December 17 at 7:16 (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 8:07 – 10:04 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 11:45 – 12:57 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, December 23: 3:27 – 16:34 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25: 11:18 – 21:45 (Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27 at 21:03 through Saturday, December 28 at 6:21 (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 30: 10:24 – 15:41 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, January 2: 5:13 – 7:00 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, January 4: 4:17 – 19:14 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, January 6 at 15:07 through Tuesday, January 7 at 6:12 (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, January 9: 1: 15 – 11:44 (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, January 11: 2:58 – 15:17 (Moon into Leo)

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In the Stars December 6-15, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

Saturn is closing in on Pluto, now only two degrees away, growing toward the first exact powerful conjunction on January 12th.  Venus moves into the center of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction this week. Jupiter has just moved into Capricorn, all to note that there is a lot of planetary energy in taciturn Capricorn. Mars in Scorpio is ambitious, focused, and driven, and much can be accomplished while it is in this sign through January 3rd. Mercury is out of its shadow, so communication is clear and projects can move forward unencumbered. The Winter Solstice will be here on December 21st, and there is an annular Solar Eclipse on December 25th. There are strong demands and great potential for change.

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The Taurus Moon dawns with a thunderous clap Sunday morning, as this fixed earth Moon joins Uranus, the awakener. While the Taurus Moon draws us to what is practical and comfortable, planetary aspects broaden our vision. Sunday is full of planetary energy that is dreamy, expansive, idealistic, and inspiring. Make the most of the excellent potential of this day.

Monday the exalted Taurus Moon aligns with numerous planets, making for an active day. Mercury moves into Sagittarius, its sign of fall, through December 28th. Conversation flows easily, but there can be a tendency to exaggerate or say too much. This week is off to a rousing start.

We are called to community, conversation, and conviviality on Tuesday with the backdrop of a curious Gemini Moon. On Wednesday the Moon moves into its fullness at 9:12 p.m. PST, opposing the Sun in Sagittarius. This Full Moon forms a T-square with Neptune, which is usually a tense energy. However, since Neptune is the planet symbolizing dissolution and all the planets in this configuration are in mutable signs, this energy is gentle and flexible. The Full Moon energy is pregnant with possibilities. Saturn, Venus, and Pluto are in a tight conjunction, and inconjunct the Full Moon, so we feel the need to attend and adjust to the demands of these three planets in Capricorn that call for discipline and restraint, in contrast to the loose and flexible boundaries of the Full Moon t-square. Jupiter is making an applying trine to Uranus, a creative aspect that can result in breakthroughs.

The Moon is void of course nearly all day Thursday, so stick to routine tasks and don’t waste your time on meetings or activities requiring decisions. At 3:23 p.m. PST the Moon slithers into Cancer. We will want to have a comfortable evening at home with family and good food. In the evening the Moon aspects Jupiter and Uranus, giving a buoyant, crackling, innovative energy. We may be in for a big surprise!

Venus is conjunct Pluto on Friday, a passionate, strong aspect which may have to do with strong plays with relationships or finances (or both). A Grand Trine in the water element between the Moon (Cancer), Mars (Scorpio) and Neptune (Pisces) may soften us and amplify empathy. Attend to the passions bubbling up within you. The Moon is moving toward the weekly tense aspects with Saturn and Pluto, exact in the early hours of Saturday.

The Moon is void of course all day on Saturday, so do not plan on holiday shopping this day. This will be my annual holiday excursion to an art museum with friends, followed by s social cookie exchange, appropriate activities for a void Moon in Cancer.

Sunday is playful, fun, and exciting, colored by a Leo Moon. Jupiter and Uranus are perfect in trine aspect. Unexpected good luck is in the air. Be open to new ideas. Jupiter-trine-Uranus is an aspect of sudden good fortune.

In the light of a fiery, playful Leo Moon, roll out of bed early on Monday and get some vigorous exercise. Work that Moon-Mars square through physical movement; otherwise it could manifest in frustration and heated emotion. At 2:10 p.m. PST the Moon becomes void of course, so then focus only on routine tasks.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Practical yet dreamy, and comfortable, yet expansive wonderful day.

Monday: Rousing, active day. Plan to get a lot accomplished.

Tuesday: Join in community and conversation.

Wednesday: Full Moon. Life is full of possibilities, and at the same time we are called to restraint.

Thursday: Moon VoC until 3:23 p.m. PST. Focus on routine tasks. No decisions. At 3:23 p.m. Moon into Cancer. Focus on family and enjoy a nourishing meal in the evening.

Friday: Passionate, dynamic day. Empathy flows.

Saturday: Moon VoC all day. No holiday shopping—just enjoy holiday festivities.

Sunday: Playful, exciting day with unexpected good luck.

Monday: Energetic start, and then after 2:10 p.m. focus on routine tasks.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn (November 25-December 19, 2019)

  1. Focus on finances, and bring financial matters up to date.
  2. Prudence and conservation are the names of the financial games you may want to be playing.
  3. Get your portfolio in ship shape for the new year.
  4. Tighten your belt and save more.
  5. Be discerning in your love life.
  6. Host a social gathering for old and new business associates.
  7. Give to the needy poor.
  8. Prune your wardrobe.
  9. Select quality practical gifts of good value this season.
  10. Set goals to increase your business over time, especially in the coming year.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:                  

Monday, December 9 at 5:12 p.m. through Tuesday, December 10 at 8:47 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, December 11 at 9:12 p.m. through Thursday, December 12 at 3:23 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, December 14: 7:57 a.m. – 7:56 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Monday, December 16: 2:10 p.m. – 11:16 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 0:07 a.m. – 2:04 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 3:45 a.m. – 4:57 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, December at 7:27 p.m. through Monday, December 23 at 8:34 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25th: 3:18 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.(Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27th:  1:03 p.m. – 9:21 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 30: 2:24 a.m. – 7:41 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, January 1: 9:13 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Friday, January 3 at 8:17 p.m. through Saturday, January 4 at 11:14 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Saturday, December 7 at 15:01 through Sunday, December 8 at 7:29 (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, December 10: 1:12 – 16:47 (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, December 12: 5:12 – 23:23 (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, December 14 at 15:57 through Monday, December 15 at 2:56 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, December 16 at 22:10 through Tuesday, December 17 at 7:16 (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 8:07 – 10:04 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 11:45 – 12:57 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, December 23: 3:27 – 16:34 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25: 11:18 – 21:45 (Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27 at 21:03 through Saturday, December 28 at 6:21 (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 30: 10:24 – 15:41 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, January 2: 5:13 – 7:00 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, January 4: 4:17 – 19:14 (Moon into Taurus)

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In the Stars December 1-8, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week

The Sun continues to shine in sunny Sagittarius, and things look bright and hopeful. This first week of December is seemingly quiet on the planetary front, while at the same time Saturn is closing in on Pluto, growing toward their first exact powerful conjunction on January 12th.  Jupiter moves from Sagittarius to Capricorn tropically on Monday. In Sagittarius, Jupiter is strong in the sign it rules, while in Capricorn it is in its fall. However, from a sidereal/Vedic point of view Jupiter is in Sagittarius  and remains strong from that system’s viewpoint. Mars in Scorpio is ambitious, focused, and driven, and much can be accomplished while it is in this sign through January 3rd. Mercury is still in its shadow phase through December 7, so some of Mercury’s communication issues are still in effect for another week.

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The Sun and Moon are aligned in a benefic sextile on Sunday between the freedom signs of the zodiac: Sagittarius and Aquarius. Sunday is Jupiter’s last day in Sagittarius tropically. This would be a good day for a hike or outdoor adventure, and later, a social gathering. Host an open house and invite diverse friends. Get your holiday sparkle on.

On Monday the Moon is void of course all day from 4:27 a.m. through 11:11 p.m. PST. Stick to routine, inconsequential tasks. Monday is not a good day for meetings and decisions, although Mercury is in a benefic sextile with Pluto, so it is a good day for deep, transformative thinking and problem solving. Jupiter moves into Capricorn where it will reside until December 19, 2020. Jupiter’s shift is significant, as it has moved out of the sign it rules, Sagittarius, tropically, where it is strong, and into the sign of its fall, Capricorn, where it is weak. It is time to be much more prudent and conservative with financial matters.

Tuesday and Wednesday are sweet, inspiring days. A benefic Venus-Mars sextile is exact on Tuesday, encouraging a tender exploration of relationships or working on a creative project. The sensitive, compassionate Pisces Moon makes benefic aspects to Uranus, Mars, and Venus, and just one edgy aspect to the Sun on Tuesday. On Wednesday the Moon conjuncts Neptune, while also making benefic sextiles to Saturn and Pluto. These are compassionate, glorious days to give and receive love, blessings, and illumination.

Thursday morning is dreamy and indefinite, as the Moon is void of course in Pisces until 11:44 a.m. PST, when the Moon bounces into Aries. The Moon makes tense squares to Jupiter and Chiron. We may feel overextended and insecure, yet energized and hopeful. Spring into action, and all that you accomplish will lift your spirits.

The Aries Moon aligns in a benefic trine with the Sagittarius Sun on Friday, giving an enthusiastic feeling that all is well—and exciting. This positive aspect helps to balance the insecurity of a Moon-Venus square. Essentially, it is a dynamic Friday. Enjoy something merry, bright, and festive in the evening to celebrate the joy of the weekend.

The weekly lunar tension with the Saturn/Pluto conjunction colors Saturday, challenging us to balance our emotional energy that may feel overwhelming and gloomy. The Moon is void of course all day, so stick to routine tasks. This is NOT a day for holiday shopping; hold off the shopping until Sunday. Saturday would be a good day to decorate for the holidays and address greeting cards, after getting some vigorous exercise.

The Taurus Moon dawns with a thunderous clap Sunday morning, as this fixed earth Moon joins Uranus, the awakener. While the Taurus Moon draws us to what is practical and comfortable, planetary aspects broaden our vision. Sunday is full of planetary energy that is dreamy, expansive, idealistic, and inspiring. Make the most of the excellent potential of this day.

Monday the exalted Taurus Moon aligns with numerous planets, making for an active day. Mercury moves into Sagittarius, its sign of debilitation, through December 28th. Conversation flows easily, but there can be a tendency to exaggerate or say too much. This week is off to a rousing start.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Join with friends and get your holiday sparkle on.

Monday: Moon VoC all day, so focus on routine tasks. Jupiter into Capricorn for the next year.

Tuesday: Sweet, inspiring day.

Wednesday: Compassionate, glorious day to give and receive.

Thursday: Moon VoC until 11:44 a.m. PST. Then with Moon in Aries, spring into action.

Friday: A merry, bright, and festive day.

Saturday: Moon VoC all day; a bit gloomy and overwhelming. Not a good day for shopping. Address cards or decorate for the holidays.

Sunday: Practical yet dreamy, and comfortable, yet expansive wonderful day.

Monday: Rousing, active day. Plan to get a lot accomplished.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn (November 25-December 19, 2019)

  1. Focus on finances, and bring financial matters up to date.
  2. Prudence and conservation are the names of the financial games you may want to be playing.
  3. Get your portfolio in ship shape for the new year.
  4. Tighten your belt and save more.
  5. Be discerning in your love life.
  6. Host a social gathering for old and new business associates.
  7. Give to the needy poor.
  8. Prune your wardrobe.
  9. Select quality practical gifts of good value this season.
  10. Set goals to increase your business over time, especially in the coming year.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:                  

Monday, December 2: 4:27 a.m. – 11:11 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, December 5: 0:15 a.m. – 11:44 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, December 7: 7:01 a.m. – 11:29 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, December 9 at 5:12 p.m. through Tuesday, December 10 at 8:47 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, December 11 at 9:12 p.m. through Thursday, December 12 at 3:23 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, December 14: 7:57 a.m. – 7:56 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Monday, December 16: 2:10 p.m. – 11:16 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 0:07 a.m. – 2:04 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 3:45 a.m. – 4:57 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, December at 7:27 p.m. through Monday, December 23 at 8:34 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25th: 3:18 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.(Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27th:  1:03 p.m. – 9:21 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, December 2 at 12:27 through Tuesday, December 3 at 8:11 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, December 5: 8:15 – 19:44 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, December 7 at 15:01 through Sunday, December 8 at 7:29 (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, December 10: 1:12 – 16:47 (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, December 12: 5:12 – 23:23 (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, December 14 at 15:57 through Monday, December 15 at 2:56 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, December 16 at 22:10 through Tuesday, December 17 at 7:16 (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 8:07 – 10:04 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 11:45 – 12:57 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, December 23: 3:27 – 16:34 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25th: 11:18 – 21:45 (Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27th at  21:03 through Saturday, December 28 at 6:21 (Moon into Aquarius)

 

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